When people think of London, they often think of the hustle and bustle of the city centre and places packed with crowds of people such as Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross. Whilst we love the buzz and excitement of Central London, we are happy here at Nougat to be quietly tucked away in one of London’s most beautiful, suburban areas; Highgate Village.
Situated on top of a steep hill, Highgate Village is characterised with beautiful 18th century architecture and tranquil greenery. It’s unique features range from the many quirky cafes to its Famous gothic cemetery, which lends it an aura of exclusivity and makes it one of London’s most special suburban haunts. If you haven’t already been we would highly recommend it as a worthwhile place to visit. Here are some of our favourite spots:
The cemetery at Highgate was opened in 1839 and is brimming with beautiful Victorian buildings, chapels and catacombs all of which have outstanding architectural importance and are set alongside The Lebanon Circle and Egyptian Avenue. A well known haunt, Highgate cemetery has been and still is an inspiration to many artists and writers such as Audrey Niffenegger and her book ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’. It was considered London’s most fashionable cemetery back in the Victorian times and many famous people such as Karl Marx and George Elliot reside here amongst the impressive range of tombs and monuments.
A beautiful area of greenery which is not far from the cemetery, Waterlow park is Camden councils largest park and features beautiful panoramic views over London as well as the historic Lauderdale House and its tranquil terraced gardens. Clean, spacious and well maintained, it is perfect for an afternoon stroll on a summer’s day, walking the dog or enjoying a picnic.
High Tea of Highgate
If you’re looking for an indulgent experience then we would highly recommend stopping by this cute and quirky tea-room. Its modern, retro style lends it a unique charm that will make you feel comfortable, cosy and right at home. Expect everything from a wide selection of hand mixed teas such as Earl grey, Almond and Autumnal Apple Tea to a classic selection of homemade cakes from Victoria Sponge to Chocolate Orange. Simply delightful, you can also purchase an array of gift items and kitchen accessories so that you can recreate the sensational experience at home.
Limone Fine Foods
Health conscious and looking for something savoury? Then head on over across the road to Limone Fine Foods. Here you will find a mouth-watering range of delicacies all of which are made from only the freshest and most natural of Ingredients. Choose from a range of fully cooked meals, or opt for a selection of tasty treats from homemade pizzas to freshly prepared salads and arancini balls.
High Gate Contemporary Art Gallery
If you want to experience some culture then take a visit to High Gate Contemporary Art Gallery. Small and unique, the 18th century building features two floors of beautifully refurbished space where you will be able to find a beautiful collection of contemporary paintings and ceramics.